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Mr. DUNLAP offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Regent be requested to report to the Committee the amount of orders drawu on the Treasurer, and for what purpose they were drawn; also, that the Finance Committee be requested to report their action in regard to locating the land scrip, and also that these reports be prepared in time for the next meeting of this Committee.
Mr. DUNLAP's report on rent of farm was placed on file. Mr. Quick offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved That we consent to the opening of the Cemetery road, running along the Fest line of the 160 acre farm of the University, to the width of five rods, by equal additions from each side.
On motion of J. O. CUNNINGHAM, Resolved, that we give the right of way to the D. U. B. & P. R. R. Co., across the vest half of west half northeast quarter section 18, T. 19, R. 9, provided said company erect and keep in repair the fences along that portion of said road passing through said land.
[This resolution was disavowed by the Board of Trustees, at the meeting held Nov. 27, 1867.-0. B. Galusha, Rec. Sec.]
On motion of M. L. DUNLAP, it was Rezolved, That Dr. J. W. Scroggs be appointed a Committee to have charge of the buildings and grounds immediately about the University, to superintend the repairs, alterations and structures that may be required, and shall hold his office until the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.
[This Committee was discharged by vote of the Trustees, Nov. 27, 1867.-Rec. Sec.]
Mr. CUNNINGHAM moved that permission be given to the road Commissioners of Urbana township to lay out a road on the south side of the 160 acres known as the Model Farm.
Referred to Committee on Farm.
The account of C. G. Larned, for a stove and hardware, was allowed, and the Regent ordered to draw a warrant for the payment of the same. Amount $35.
Mr. DONLAP offered the following resolution: Resolved, That Emory Cobb be appointed a Committee to purchase (25,000) twenty-five thousand feet of lumber at Chicago, and that five or ten thousand (5000 or 10,000) feet of common boards, to be included in the amount, be stuck up for drying, and that the Regent draw an order for the payment of the same.
The following report was made by Mr. DUNLAP: To the Executive Committee of the Illinois Industrial University :
The undersigned having been appointed a Special Committee to inquire in regard to the removal of buildings and shade trees from the Busey farm, also in regard to the rental of the same, begs leave to report :
The house reported to have been removed was sold and removed prior to the purchase of said farm, or the contract made by the authorities of Champaign county. Several Red-Cedar trees, of little value, were taken by Mr. Busey, after the sale, out of a small cluster of trees standing on the ground sold.
It would appear that by the agreement with the Board of Supervisors, that Mr. Busey proposed to pay, as rent for the said farm, the sum of two thousand dollars ($2000), with the understanding that the farm should be paid for March 1st, 1867, at which time the rent would commence, and terminate March 1st, 1868; but this agreement was not consummated, and the payments were made May 1st, 1867. He therefore claims the right to use said farm until May 1st, 1868, and pay the sum of two thousand (2000) dollars; or he will give possession of all the meadows, pastures and cultivated lands this fall, retaining one feed lot, with the stable, to enable him to feed the stock now on the farm, March 1st, 1868.
That he will give up the house, if desired, by the 1st of January next, or that in case he remains in full possession, that he will not allow any stock on the meadows, pastures, stock-field or orchard, and take good care of the house until the said first day of March, 1868. and pay rent for the same, fifteen hundred (1500) dollars, and at that time give peaceable possession. In the mean time the said trustees can go on and use any part of the said farm at any time hereafter, except to interfere with the feeding of said stock, and the securing of his said crop. Your Committee would therefore recommend that the Secretary of the Executive Committee make a contract with the said J. S. Busey, on the terms proposed, to terminate possession March 1st, 1868, and that he advise the Chairman of the Farm Committee of his action in the premises.
Respectfully submitted. [Signed]
M. L. DUNLAP,
Committee. Mr. J. . CUNNINGHAM, Committee upon Farm Rents, subunitted the following report: To the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Industrial University :
The undersigned would report that, as the agent of the University, he has col. lected rents for the current year as follows: From Ennis, on Griggs farm......
. $49 05 From Ennis, on Clements farm
$196 50 Sept. 23d, 1867.
J. O. CUNNINGHAM,
Committee On motion Mr. CUNNINGHAM's report was received by the Committee.
The Committee then adjourned, subject to the call of the Regent.
JOHN M. GREGORY, REGENT,
INAUGURATION OF THE UNIVERSITY.
MARCA 11, 1868.
The inaugural ceremonies of the University took place in the University hall, commencing at 9 o'clock. A large attendance of the citizens of Champaign and Urbana, besides the Board of Trustees, and distinguished guests from other parts of the State, filled the hall to overflowing. The platform and walls were suitably draped with the national flag. The wall, in the rear of the platform, was decorated with a picture of Washington, the great Farmer of the Revolutionary period, supported on either hand by the American eagle, and crowned above, in letters of evergreen, with the University motto, of - Learning and Labor.”
The Hon. S. W. Moulton, of Shelbyville, in compliance with the invitation extended by the Board of Trustees, presided. A choir of fifty singers, under the direction of George F. Root, of Chicago, assisted by R. M. Eppstein, of Champaign, with two pianos, furnished the music for the occasion.
The exercises were introduced by a voluntary, from Root's Cantata of the Haymakers, entitled, “How good is He the Giver." Selections of Scripture were then read, by Rev. C. D. Nott, of Urbana, after which, prayer was offered by Rev. J. H. Noble, of Champaign.
The Hon. S. M. Moulton made a few appropriate remarks on taking his place as presiding officer. He returned thanks for the honor done him; an honor conferred, he felt, in consideration of his long continned connection with the educational interests of the State, rather than to any personal merit of his own. For twenty years he had been identified with the educational improvements of the State; and in everything concerning its advancement he had been, and should remain, a radical. The progress of the State had been marvelous.
There were still old fogies, but they were passing away, and men with larger culture and more deeply imbued with the spirit of the age were taking their places. As an instance, twelve years before some of the most eminent wen of Illinois had undertaken to lay before the Legislature a bill providing for the erection of an Industrial University. But the prejudices of the legislators were such that only two entertained it at all, and it was not introduced. Now we met under the sanction of the law, backed up by the public opinion of all the people, determined to carry out the great enterprise before us.
He, too, having a stake among them, had met to aid in inaugurating the Illinois Industrial University. When they reflected that four-fifths of the people were engaged in agriculture, and ninetenths were interested in the results, and that every art was brought in to the aid of agriculture, ought they not to have an institution specially devoted to it?
It ought to be founded on the broadest principles, embracing all arts and sciences that might enable their sons the better to succeed in agriculture or mechanics. If the trustees did not do that, they would fail, and ought to fail. But he did not fear this. The University would succeed. We wanted men of education, and it would give them. He, for one, would stand by the Institution. The people of his section of the State were determined to sustain it. It was what they wanted; and he was sure it would be appreciated by all the people of the great State of Illinois.
A quartette—“Lord, forever at Thy Side,” was then sung by Mrs. Ingersoll, Mrs. Hollister, Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Sweet.
The following letters, from invited guests, who were not able to be present, were then read:
STATE OF ILLINOIS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT.
SPRINGFIELD, March 10th, 1868. To the Board of Trustees of the Nlinois Industrial University :
GENTLEMEN :— Until to day I had hoped to join you to-morrow, at Urbana, in the services of the formal inauguration of the Illinois Industrial University. The importance of this occasion can not be too highly appreciated. You are about to ive practical effect to a natural idea, and to start into existence a new method of education, under the sanction of State legislation, the paramount and well defined object of which is to open to the practical students of the industries of the State a plain road to the acquisition of all attainable knowledge, through consecutive scientific channels, pertaining to and bearing upon the productive interests of our entire farming and mechanical population. The world progresses, and without this noble agency would continue to progress in the discovery of the means to improve, advance and elevate the occupation of labor ; but you are the Trustees of a system which, carefully watched and appropriately managed, it is confidently hoped by all is to add a new impulse to labor, to turn the key which is to unlock and distribute what has been hidden or imperfectly understood in past times.
Our broad and fertile prairies, our indomitable and industrious population, invite the experiment, and offer the finest opportunity for the development of a new system. Nevertheless, we are a purely practical people, and will not be slow, may be even hasty, to expect results.
The law of Congress is very plain. The College is to teach such branches of learning, as are related to the agricultural and mechanic arts, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions of life, nos, however, excluding the scientific and classical studies and military tactics.
The University is suitably located, in one of the best portions of the State, and is surrounded by an agricultural population, and encouraged by the wishes of all who desire the success of any scheme to promote human happiness. Doubtless you are to be subject to criticism, for this is the proper privilege of all; but, may I venture to hope, it is not to be unrelenting or unreasonable. It ought not to be forgotten, that, aetuated by a commendable desire to serve the cause of education, as well as the cause of honest industry, you have voluntarily, and without compensation, given your time and intelligence to the organization and management of this experiment. For myself, thanking you for all that has been done, and commending your labors to the favorable recognition and approval of the people of our State ; with the ardent hope that all, and more than has been expected, is to be realized from this University, I remain, most respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
R. J. OGLESBY.
WASHINGTON, D. C., March 2, 1868. DEAR SIR :- I have the honor to acknowledge your kind invitation to attend the inauguration ceremonies, upon the opening of the Illinois Industrial University,
With much regret I am compelled to forego the great pleasure which it would afford me to be with you on an occasion of so much interest. The extraordinary condition of public affairs compels me to remain here, and the continual demands upon my time and strength must be my excuse for not writing at greater length.
My appreciation of the vast interests involved in a successful administration of the affairs of the University demands a more particular statement of the origin, history, objects and prospects than I can find time to write. My great hope is that this Institution shall prove the crowning achievement of this age, among all the grand works in behalf of popular education which illustrates the splendid history of our State, and that to the latest generation our young men shall have cause to bless the wise forethought of the men of this age, who have, amidst gigantic war, not only vindicated the free institutions and ideas of self-government, but also